After COVID 19 brought an early demise to the Fort Collins bike share program, Recycled Cycles purchased the entire inventory for resale.
Press Release from Recycled Cycles
Pace Bike Share Fleet “Recycled” Back Into the Community
Fort Collins, CO — After bike share company Zagster left the city with 232 commuter bikes locked-up and stored in a warehouse, one local bike shop decided to help “Recycle” them back into the community.
Recycled Cycles buyer John Lambert, with help from former bike share manager Alex Hovorka, arranged for the bikes to be rounded up and transferred to Recycled Cycles store at 4031 S. Mason, and additional storage facilities. While most of the bikes are only 3 – 6 months old, they will be inspected, tuned-up, and re-labeled for sale at their store, including their CSU location as it re-opens this fall.
“With the recent boom in bicycling and bicycle sales, new bicycles are virtually impossible to source”, according to Dave Hudson, owner of Recycled Cycles. “This purchase will allow us to supply the community with quality, like-new bicycles for recreation, health and transportation.”
The bicycles, which originally retailed for $799 according to Breezer website, will be available for $399-$599 through their stores. Each of the bikes purchased will come with a complimentary membership to Bike Fort Collins, a local bicycle advocacy organization, instrumental in developing Fort Collins’ original Bike Library. A rental fleet will also be provided.
Zagster informed the City on Wednesday, May 27, that the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected its business and that Pace bikes and stations would be removed beginning Thursday, May 28. Zagster had already suspended Pace services on March 27.
The City signed a contract for the Pace bike share program in 2015, and operations began in April 2016. The program had experienced annual ridership growth and at its peak included 250 bikes and 42 stations. In addition to the City of Fort Collins, multiple businesses and organizations sponsored bikes and stations over the past four years. We want to thank all program sponsors and partners for their support in providing a citywide bike share program for Fort Collins residents and visitors.
In 2020, Fort Collins expects to launch an RFP for the bike share program moving forward. With the rapidly changing world of bike share and shared mobility, this is an exciting opportunity for Fort Collins to stay on the cutting edge of shared mobility and ensure the program moving forward provides the best service for our community.